Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs OnePlus 7 Pro: How do these heavyweight flagships compare on paper

It is August of 2019 and as usual, Samsung has released the latest version of its long-selling Galaxy Note phone. This year, it’s called the Galaxy Note 10 and there are two variants on the shelf. The regular Note 10 is a feature-rich premium flagship model whereas the Note 10 Plus is a bigger version with slightly superior cameras. The Note 10 is clearly the more accessible of the two and in a country like India that loves big premium phones, this will be an obvious top option in the list. After all, prices are expected to start from Rs 69,999.

However, if you are willing to spend this much money on a smartphone, you have another phone that’s been in the market with more than two months. Yes, it’s the OnePlus 7 Pro that has been the darling of the tech aficionados. This phone has been one of the bestsellers in its segment offering a fullscreen experience and robust flagship-grade camera experience. You can get it from as low as Rs 48,999 in India but if you don’t have any budget constraints, you can get the top-end model for Rs 57,999 and that will get you the best OnePlus has to offer.

We have only had limited hands-on with the Galaxy Note 10 and until our full review comes, this is how it fares against the mighty OnePlus.

Both of them are lookers with bezel-less screens

You have to accept the fact that bezel-less screens are an obvious requirement in a premium phone in 2019. Well, Samsung has gone closest to that with the Note 10. The Note 10 has minimal bezels all around. The screen seems to spill over the edges. There’s a tine hole-punch cutout for the front camera positioned in the centre and this could distract many looking for a fullscreen experience. However, the screen is a 1080p Dynamic AMOLED panel and that could be a letdown for many. At the rear, it’s a very clean design with a vertically stacked triple camera setup.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is now more than two months old but it still looks like a phone from the future. OnePlus went for the fully bezel-less design with curved edges to minimize the bezels further. And the best part is that there’s no cutout for the camera. Instead, a pop-up mechanism has been used to house the selfie camera. And the 6.5-inch Quad HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate is easily one of the best in the business. The rear houses a clean design with a centrally stacked triple camera setup. The OnePlus is curvier in its approach whereas the Note 10 has a more squarish design.

Equally powerful and feature-rich

Both these phones are feature-rich when you look at the spec-sheet. However, the Galaxy Note 10 edges out slightly with its S Pen stylus which now supports air gestures. It uses an updated Samsung Exynos 9825 chipset that claims to offer better performance than the Exynos 9820 chipset. The 3500mAh battery may not sound big enough but you have to keep in mind the Full HD+ display.

On top of that, it comes with support for 25W fast charging. The headphone jack is gone but there are now triple rear cameras — Ultra Wide 16-megapixel with F2.2lens along with a 12-megapixel main camera with variable aperture F1.5/F2.4 lens and OIS support, and a telephoto 12-megapixel camera with F2.1 lens and OIS. At the front, there’s a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The Note 10 camera supports Live Focus during video recording. The Note 10 comes with an improved video editor and screen recorder that uses picture in picture mode vloggers will find useful. Also supported are AR Doodle and 3D Scanner. And in addition to these, there are the integrations with Microsoft Windows to make it more productive.

The OnePlus 7 Pro in comparison isn’t as feature-loaded but it tries to appeal to a different crowd. The biggest draw to the OnePlus 7 Pro is its smooth and fast performance. This phone offers a clean and smooth Android experience that’s aimed to make life easy. And that’s due to the Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with faster UFS 3.0 storage. On top of that, the triple rear camera performance has improved drastically, offering exceptional photography performance. Whether its day or night, the OnePlus 7 Pro takes good photos consistently. The 90Hz display spoils your eyes and if you get used to it, every other phone seems laggy. The 4000mAh battery easily lasts for an entire day and 30W Warp Charge fills it up very fast.

In short, the Galaxy Note 10 is the traditional feature-loaded flagship we have come to expect from Samsung every year. The OnePlus 7 Pro focuses on being a very good smartphone with a major focus on the user experience – it’s reliably fast and smooth, has an amazing screen and features good cameras.

It all comes down to the prices

And this is where the OnePlus has got you covered. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes in only one variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and you will have to pay Rs 69,999. That’s a reasonable price for a phone that tries to replace most of your computer and be a reliable pocket buddy.

The OnePlus 7 Pro, however, is a whole Rs 12,000 cheaper and we are talking about the top-end variant. For this money, OnePlus offers a mouth-watering 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. With this alone, the OnePlus 7 Pro appeals more to sensible minds.

However, we are yet to test out the Galaxy Note 10 and you should check out the full review before making a decision.

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